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we'll talk about herman cain, what he thinks happens. as you heard earlier, a lot of people thought he was the guy to benefit most of herman cain and talk to him about that. plus, the two men in charge of writing a letter to congress, the two congresswoman, democrat and republican. they say they need to go big on the supercommittee. you know how we feel about that. tonight, an extraordinary story of survival against all odds. a child abducted in broad daylight on her way to school. >> you may like her but we love her, too. and it's time that she comes home to her family. >> jaycee dugard's mother live add nightmare for 18 years not knowing if her daughter was alive or dead. and then finally, saved and rescued. but after all the headlines, how is jaycee doing now? her mother tells their incredible story and the inside story of michael jackson's inner
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circle. what really went on the hours before michael died and two men that worked with the king of pop for years. >> he said tomorrow, we're going to discuss the vocals for the tour. you know? that was the last time i spoke to him. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." jaycee dugard's mother never gave up hope but it took 18 agonizing years. as she and her family putting their lives back together, joining me now is jaycee's mother and therapist. welcome to you both. an extraordinary story. one of the most extraordinary i think i have ever encountered in sort of 30 years of journalism. the obvious question is, how are things going? how's normal life? can it be normal for you and jaycee? >> absolutely.
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this is what's normal for us and every day is a challenge and we work through it and, you know, therapists help us and we help each other and it's one day at a time. >> how's she? >> pretty awesome. she's happy. and healthy. and learning and experiencing new things every day. and i get the joy of watching that. i missed 18 years of that kid's life and every day is a blessing in my eyes. >> do you -- i mean, how hard is it to be relentlessly positive given horrors that she had to endure, given the horror that you had to endure as somebody who didn't even know if she was alive or dead? obviously, it ended happily and you got jaycee back but you've lost this huge amount of time with your daughter. and she must be scarred by what happened to her in ways you may not even realize yet so how easy is it to just say, okay, we're going to rebuild and get on with our lives?
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>> i think a lot of it depends -- is dependent upon jayc and her attitude. she is strong and she's a survivor and she has proved it over and over again. and i actually find her picking me up every once in a while with just her joy of life and her simple happiness that she and i are reconnected and, you know, life is -- life is okay. you know? you can get through the worst of the worst and she's living proof. >> she wrote this, again, extraordinary book "a stolen life" which i read in one sitting. and it was sering and incredibly detailed and very self aware, i thought, about what had happened to her and the implications of all of this. i was struck by something she said in the acknowledgments about you which i wanted to just read to you parts of it. there are people many people i
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want to thank. first and foremost, my mom. you're the bravest person i know, the ultimate survivor. if i was ever to harbor any hate in hi heart it would be for all that you have suffered because of them mom, you never gave up hope that i would one day come home. you are everything i remember and more and even embraced your grandchildren in a way i never believed possible. they truly have a grandmother that loves them unconditionally. thank you for supporting me as a single mother. you have always been my hero. i knew in my heart when i stared at the moon that you were holding on to hope and that hope somehow helped me get by. >> helps me get by too. >> i found myself getting emotional. never mind what you must have felt. this picture of your daughter staring at the moon from this awful situation she was in. believing that you were
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somewhere there. >> yes. >> never giving up hope. >> that's right. i have to share two days before i found out where she was i had worked a double shift. i had come home. i was tired. there was a full moon. i looked up at the moon. i said, okay, jaycee, where are ya? my younger daughter came out to see who i was talking to. the moon, just the moon. and so i did that all through the 18 years that's one of my survival techniques was to just stay connected, finding something that we shared and stayed connected with that kid. and it got me through and it paid off. >> let me take you back to the awful days she disappeared. and everybody knows the story now but for you that moment when you thought she'd gone, i mean, it's every mother's nightmare, every parent's nightmare.
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can you remember that feeling? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> i mean, like it was yesterday? >> it was -- i had a really hard time accepting it. it was a nightmare. that i'm going to wake up. experience the same thing at the beginning. you know? okay. i'm going to wake up from this nightmare. i'm going to get through this. and it -- it was a nightmare. i hate going back and it's really hard for me. i want to live in the present. i want to enjoy every moment i have with that kid but, you know, there's a lot of anger for what happened and i will somehow get through it. >> although jaycee has been very forgiving, extraordinarily so of
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the people that took her, you haven't. i totally understand why. i don't think i could forgive people that did that to a child of mine. >> absolutely not. >> how do you feel now two years later? has your feeling subsided at all or do you feel this awful hate towards them? >> the hate fuels the fire for the changes that need to be made. one of my big -- really big ones is that anybody that does a heinous crime to a child or anybody, anything that it's life without parole. you know? bottom line. you don't give them second and third and fourth chances. i strongly believe in that and i want to push for legislation and change. i want to -- don't want this to happen to anybody else. how many times -- i'm not here to point fingers but how many times was that house observed
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and gone through and, you know, the right thing to do is to speak out and say what you believe and if change needs to be made then let's do it. >> there were horrendous failings in the system that allowed this man who was a convicted kidnapper, sexual predator, nobody ever thought to yoo look in the backyard. >> nope. >> i mean, just extraordinary that that could have happened. but it did end happily for you. >> it did. >> unlike many people that go through this and ends in a terrible way. >> it taught us a lesson. it fueled a fire for the need and we formed a jayc foundation where we're asking people to slow down, stop, care. excuse me. slow down, stop and care and take a minute and do your job. >> it stands for just ask yourself to care. >> yes. >> and the pine cones that -- you're both wearing, actually, around your necks. that is the symbol of this
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foundation. >> absolutely. >> the significance of that is what? >> well, it was not only the last thing that jayc touched that was her reality back then but it's also a symbol of new beginnings. >> she touched a pine cone as she was being forced in to this nightmare. >> yeah. >> physically dragged away. >> she has an attraction to pine cones and, you know, delving in to that with dr. bailey, just gave us an opportunity to say, wow, this could be a new beginning. we could make these changes. we're very hopeful that, you know, somebody else doesn't have to go through the things we went through. >> i want to play you a clip from the interview you did with diane sawyer for abc. very moving interview. this is the happy bit so i think you'll enjoy this. >> and i was crying, you know, and you're crying you can't speak. i just said, come quick. i remember saying come, come quick.
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>> i remember telling you i'm coming, baby. i'm coming. >> and the rest was a blur. >> yeah. >> what a moment. what a moment for you. 18 years and you get a phone call. how do you hear? >> wow. yeah. i was at work and the fbi had left me a message saying that it was urgent that i speak with them. and in the -- >> what was your first thought when they did that? >> ah, i kind of blew it off because i had heard it so many times. i need to talk to you, terry. what's going on? we think we have a lead. we don't have a lead. not really misleading me but keeping me up to date, keeping me informed and after 18 years i pretty much became immune and so i didn't feel it was real urgent to call him back. that i would call him back the next day or whatever or when i
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got work and in the interim the sheriff's department had contacted my younger daughter and told her what was happening and she called me and said, mom, you really need to talk to the sheriff. he has news for you but she wouldn't say anything. >> she knew? >> she knew. she did. >> she wouldn't tell you? >> she needed it to come from them. and it did. >> so you called the sheriff? >> no. the sheriff actually -- i picked up the phone the next phone call because i knew it was important enough to pick up and i did. >> i mean, you're sensing it's good news now? >> i mean, i -- no. i said, okay. something's up. i don't know what's up. i'll figure it out. i'll take care of it. when i talked to them and they said, we know where jaycee is, it was that disbelief again. it was not reliving the nightmare but the shock of having this happen and then
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having her come back was -- a little overwhelming and i wasn't going to get on that roller coaster and ride and i was going to be real -- and then, you know, my excitement, being able to talk to her was phenomenal. >> what were the first words that you exchanged? do you remember? >> no. what did i say? >> you were too excited? >> too excited. way too excited. >> what did her voice sound like after all that time? >> same, same. >> you knew instantly? >> i knew instantly. i hadn't seen her in 18 years so -- of course the rest of the evening wasn't anything i remember much of. just getting on the plane and getting to her as quickly as i could. >> could you quite believe it? >> no. >> could you quite believe it was happening? was it like a strange fairytale ending to the nightmare? >> yeah. it was. it's a good happy ever after.
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>> it's a fantastic happy ever after. let's have a little break and come back and talk about the darker moment when you came face to face with the man that had taken your daughter.
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we agree that serious errors were made over the last ten years. we obviously deeply regret any error that could have possibly resulted in the victims living under these conditions for even one additional day. >> an extraordinary moment in 2009 as california officials admit that mistakes were made in the hunt for jaycee dugard. her mother terry probyn is back with me and her therapist. you came face to face with this guy, phillip garridos. you saw him. >> i wouldn't say face to face. i watched him being interviewed as sheriff asked him what happened that morning. trying to get -- >> what emotions did you go through? >> all kinds.
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hate, anger, sadness. all of the above. no compassion. i have a lot of compassion and a lot of empathy for a lot of people but not him and certainly not her. how could another woman hold another woman's child for her sexual predator husband? unbelievable. >> beyond comprehension. >> beyond. >> and, you know, he was allowed to do because he was let out 11 years for kidnap and rape which is itself reprehengsible for someone that did that in this way before free back on the streets free to do it all over again. no wonder you feel so angry. when's i think amazing about you, you talk about your lack of forgiveness for the garridos but actually the remarkable compassion you've shown in the
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two children that jaycee had. >> oh, those are my grand babies. i love those grand babies. >> i find that profoundly moving that you can do that. >> how can you not? they're innocent children. i -- they're jaycee's babies. you know? it's funny, you know. we find things that are alike in us and it's just really cool. i have two granddaughters. >> can you block out his involvement in their lives in can you block it out completely? >> i have to. for their sake. for their health. for their well being. they don't need my anger. i need to direct my anger to the better good of the foundation. you know? we want to service families. in fact, the foundation mandates us to service family that is go through this kind of tragedy. >> let me bring in dr. bailey
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because you specialize in this kind of reunification i think you all it where you have experience of lots of cases like this, not obviously as horrific as this i would imagine. i mean, a very complex situation psychologically, emotionally, physically. you know, a young girl taken in her -- before she is even 10 years old and has 2 babies who grow up and still in the captivity and then she gets saved and, you know, in many cases that's when a lot of the problems really start, when they try to come back to real life. how's it been with jaycee? how have you been able to rehabilitate her back to some kind of normality? >> we have a fantastic team. we have a great group of therapists. we have a fantastic family. we have wonderful animals. we have a whole group of people and she -- >> we choose not to be the victim.
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>> as strange as it sountds she was living a life. it wasn't a life she chose. it wasn't a life anyone -- any of us would choose for her either but it was a life. she was getting up in the morning. going to bed at night. >> surviving. >> surviving. and she's taught all of us and to say the word complex is not even a strong enough word. it is the unstatement of the year. the experience has been incredibly challenging. at the same point, my approach and the approach of the therapists i work with has been to take each case individually and let the families teach about themselves. >> what advice do you give in terms of how the family should think of the people that did this to them? and also, the guilt that came through clearly from jaycee's book she didn't try to get away
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when she had maybe some opportunities, the guilt she feels to her children that she didn't somehow get out of it? how do you tackle that kind of emotional dilemma? >> i think guilt is your word. i think that, again, when people are in a situation, they do what they have to to survive and in many homes in this country, in this world, there are horrendous things coming and people come out scarred certainly but nevertheless people survive through amazing circumstances so i think jay is -- jaycee is the most important thing she's taught all of us is in the word she said during her interview is she refuses to give them one more moment of her time and these children are signs of hope. they are not signs of despair. >> how are they dealing with the reality of discovery of the whole thing? >> i think it's been extremely
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important that the media has respected thanks to the fabulous p.r. person has respected their space. >> i found her amazing in that interview. her poise. her intelligence. her, you know, her confidence almost actually which i really wasn't expecting. you expected to see a broken woman. were you surprised? >> she could have been. >> yeah. >> but i think immediate response to our -- our needs, our dilemma was what saved us. we had a team of specialists come in and just pretty much take over and spend time with us and care for us. >> hold that thought for a moment. let's have a break and come back and talk about what the future holds for jaycee, for the girls, for you. really, head & shoulders is for more than dandruff?
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she's pretty, young, innocent child, and you may like her but we love her, too.
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and it's time that she comes home to her family. her sissy's been asking for her. and she needs to be with us. >> that was terry probyn days after her daughter jaycee dugard was abducted in 1991. back now with terry and her therapist. it's hard to look at this. >> yeah. just brings back all the haunting nightmares and the memories and, you know, reading her book validates what she was going through. you know, all of the imaginatio s, the truth. >> the one big positive out of this is this foundation. we discussed it earlier called jayc, just ask yourself to care. i want to play a little public service announcement which is very powerful. >> that would be great. >> hi, this is jaycee dugard.
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just ask yourself to care. if you see something that looks wrong or amiss, speak out. you might be wrong but you might just save someone's life. this is presented by the jayc foundation. >> what's been the best thing do you think for jaycee since she came back to you and her old life? what's been the thing she realized other than just seeing you again she missed the most? >> having a life. not being told what to do, when to do, where to do, how to do. she is an adult woman. >> can she lead any kind of -- does she want to work? does she wont to -- she works for the foundation but does she want to do anything else with her life? does she have ambition? >> absolutely. she believes in this foundation. she wants to pay it forward. she doesn't want somebody else to go through what she had to go
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through even for a moment and i think caring about people and working with animals has been her whole life dream. the diary she kept while in captivity, you know, all of her dreams are coming true. that's what makes jaycee happy. >> what's been the best part of it for you? >> being able to hold her. kiss her, hug her. yeah. i miss that kiss good-bye that morning. it's a constant reminder, constant, you know, guilt thing but i see she forgives and i can forgive and forget. >> do you think she'll may meet a mr. right, get married? >> i hope so. i hope so. that's her decision, though. you know? it's what makes her feel comfortable. >> dr. bailey, is it very hard for someone like jaycee in this
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position to form a normal relationship with a man? what advice do you give? she's 31 now. >> i don't think -- she's had a normal relationship with a man at all. she has her horse and she's passionate about her horse and working with her horse. i think that that's a question best left unanswered. who knows? she lives fully. she's extremely happy. she embraces each day with an awful lot of joy and excitement just the little things that we take for granted. >> does she have terrible days? sort of awful flashbacks, nightmares? >> she worked through some material early on and that's where the horse work was tremendously useful with her is that some of the early difficult experiences she was able to get in touch with in the arena with
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the horses, with my assistant and the other therapist assistants and -- >> what's the idea behind that? when you bring in horses to somebody who loves animals, loves horses and so on, what's the concept for how that acts as therapy? >> it's actually so simple it's hard to describe sometimes. >> i would say insight. >> insight. >> into to your own -- >> horses are archetypes. they represent the themes we see over and over in our lives. the best example i can give you is of a young girl that i was working with whose best friend had been murdered by her mother and one day we walk and she wasn't able to talk about it. it was a 6-year-old. we walked down in to the arena and laying in the arena in the sand were the horses, the dog and the cat flat out in the sand and this little girl's jaw dropped as did mine and she said, i think that's what happened to my friend.
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it was sort of you can't describe some of the things that happen. you can't really put a word to it. it's certainly not magic but it has the ability to bring forward images that might be -- they're difficult to sit in an office and talk about so for jaycee to go in to the arena and work through some of these experiences. i was asking her to give me an example of one she particularly liked and it was when she first came out the first week she made a box of posts in the sand and after the first day, the horse wouldn't come out of that for the next four or five sessions and she said she was able to say, well, that's how i feel. it's really hard to be out of that box which she just in talking sitting in the office we weren't getting that. >> how important finally is the love and the strength of a mother like terry who just never gave up, who made sure this
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picture of jaycee that the famous iconic images were seen again and again and again? how vital is that do you think to what happened? >> you can look at this wonderful woman right here and you can see where so much of jaycee's strength comes from, in her poise, in her ability to stare things straight down so everything, everything to come home to a mother who you talk about forgiveness, to come home and have a mother who didn't even skip a beat in accepting those two daughters. didn't even skip -- >> it's been an amazing thing that you have done. i think you're a remarkable woman, your daughter's a remarkable woman and so happy for you and your family that it ended the way it did. >> thank you. >> it's been a real pleasure. >> thank you. >> thank you. thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> coming up, michael jackson's last days from two of the men who really did know him best.
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joining me now two members of michael jackson's inner circle. men who may have known him better than his famous family. they worked with michael preparing to go on tour and with him in the fateful, final days. gentlemen, thank you very much for joining me. having followed michael a long
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time and i know how integral you guys were to his world. strange times for you it must have been. >> very strange. >> since the death. >> very strange. >> how would you sum up your feelings? >> sadness. sadness but i do feel really blessed because the happiness he left with me was all the work we did together. you know? that won't go away but the sadness that we don't get to create anymore with him. that's sad. >> you were dancing with him since 1987. >> yeah. "smooth criminal" was the first video. and then we started working on "this is it." wasn't called that in 2008 in vegas and that was going to be -- he was excited. you know? we were both bringing out costumes, picking props, thinking about what that show could be. had no name and had a great time for six months in vegas working like crazy. he was excited. i was excited. whenever he gets excited i excited. >> michael, could you believe what happened?
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you were working with michael right to the end. was it a shock? i've heard views that he was frail, that the stuff you didn't see in the movie, he was fainting, that's what some of the family believe. what did you see? >> all of 2008 i was in vegas along with lavelle. he'd show up on dance days. i show up on music days. he just started looking better. you could tell he was -- his energy was going up and then in 2009, extremely excited. you know? gave us a speech about how important this was to him. that he could spend the rest of his life doing the greatest hits but that's not what he wanted to do. he said i want to write new songs, better songs than i ever had. add them to the show. i really have never seen him that energized before. right up until the last night
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when i gave him a hug and he gave me a hug. he felt strong. he said tomorrow we'll discuss all the vocals for the tour. and that was the last time i spoke to him. >> i mean, from a dance point of view, from a voice point of view, where was he do you think given all the experience you have had with him? does he ready to go? >> yeah. >> there was no stopping him. >> to do 50 shows? >> yeah. but at first -- >> remember the pace -- not to interrupt the pace two, two and a half shows a week. the family would be there. he would have a house in london, outside of london. and we had a good chat. he and i about that. how this was the hard part, rehearsing is hard part. once we got to the uk and doing the shows would be almost a vacation. i don't want to say that because they were going to pay me but honestly. he knew that. >> originally it was ten shows and then made in to 50. i thought, you know, michael, you're talking about a guy not
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as young as he used to be. 50 shows is pretty demanding even if you're doing 2, 3 shows a week. >> i remember him saying ten shows, fantastic and then i remember a day when the ten shows turned to 34. he said, the 34 shows, i got to do them. that seemed to be like, wow, this is a lot and then i remember it kept growing. what i remember is that he was really honored that that many people wanted to see him. >> i had tickets to the first one. i was excited. i mean, he -- i saw him in paris once. it was the best concert i ever saw. >> he was honored that people wanted to see so as much as maybe 34 or 50 shows were like, oh man, this is going to be crazy but the smile on his face showed me that he felt honored that people wanted to see him. >> let me ask you a different question. did you ever see him taking drugs of any kind? >> never. >> seems to have been a very closed world. what we're hearing from all this
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trial that's happened and from interviews of people, involved is that there were two michaels. there was the michael people thought they knew and there was the guy who chronic pain from the terrible pepsi accident and then to counter this, the terrible insomnia he used to get mixed with the pressure he had and then got more and more in sleeping medication ending up with demerol for the pain and the propofol for sleeping. you put it together and he was leading two lives. there was a nighttime michael jackson that you guys i assume didn't see. >> did not see. and honestly, most of the time when we were with him i don't think that nighttime michael jackson was around because he had the kids around. we were at the ranch. we were at a hotel almost like a vacation and working on new songs. and there was no pressure on him. he didn't have to get up the next day if he didn't want to or perform the next day. i think that pressure comes in to play when there's a show. you know? when there's a huge tour. >> exactly. >> let's take a little break.
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>> boom. >> go to infinity. >> huh! >> back with two of michael jackson's closest work colleagues. i've got to ask you a difficult question because i know how close you were. where were you both? i'll start with you, lavelle. when you heard that michael had died. >> i was at home in my bedroom watching cnn and i heard michael jackson went to the hospital with a heart attack. and i thought, okay. that's -- kept watching and getting worse and worse and i thought this either is a really bad publicity stunt or something is desperately wrong. >> you knew that michael, you know, he could do publicity stunts. >> of course. >> he'd been in wheelchairs before to create an impression he was somehow in a terrible state. >> yeah. >> and then -- always had that thing, make the public go low in expectation and then dazzle them
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with the high. this was p.t. barnum. a showman. >> part of you's thinking, is this another michael stunt? >> yeah, yeah. i was hoping for that. i kept hoping and then it got worse and then when they said, dead, of course that i didn't believe until it stayed there. >> you saw that on cnn? >> yeah. it all went up from heart attack to something happened. >> not breathing. >> and then dead. i was like, okay, wait. and then it didn't go away. i thought this is crazy. i called his assistant. he said,it's a madhouse. i thought this is the real deal and went numb. i remember being numb for days and days. couldn't cry. i think anger. just every emotion except i couldn't cry. i didn't cry until i did the tv shows with jermaine in london "move like michael jackson" and i was doing an outtake how you do for the show reading something that said michael jackson was -- i kept saying
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michael jackson is -- they're like, you have to say was. i got it this time. michael jackson is -- okay. finally when i got was, it was over. it was over. >> and for you? what were you? >> i was at the staples center. i had a list of changes to do from that the night before, instructions from michael and when they said that, the first thing i thought was he wants two more weeks to rehearse. then when they finally announced that he was d-e-a-d, i still -- i went back to my computer, i made all the changes from the night before, i was stunned. i said, no he might come back. and later that day, i just -- i finally had to ask somebody to what to do? and they said pack your stuff up, you know? and it was dreadful, for anything, i feel for his children, you know? he was the greatest dad in the world. those were the loves of his life. you know?
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and -- >> they are extraordinary children. >> they are. >> i saw them in public recently, they had remarkable confidence. >> brought up so well. so much love. they read a lot. >> disciplined. >> a lot. >> it's amazing. >> well spoken, beautiful children. i want them to know how much he loved them and i saw the love they had for him. he and i talked about that in his dressing room, within we get to the uk, and when this seven-day-a week thing is done, you are going to be with your family again and have a lot more quality time with them. >> what do you guys make of the trial? did you know conrad murray, see him much? >> not at all. >> this was brand new to you? >> to me it is simple. >> does it seem like a weird other world? >> it does it is a world that i'm forced, i don't know why, but drawn to i have to have the information and the stuff that i'm hearing is out of this world, out of this world.
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to me it is really about a legend, a doctor and something going horribly wrong that i feel like none of us will really ever get to the bottom of. >> my gut feeling is, michael jackson is not going to want to kill himself. no way he was in any kind of suicidal mood. enjoying the preparation, bag father, so often just from everyone i have talked to about conrad murray, he didn't want to kill michael jackson. >> why would he? >> you have left with a terrible accident. and i think you are left with a technicalities of how this happened and who did what, which we may never note answers to >> we may never know. >> was it a shock to you went tapes were played? i mean, i was staggered. >> i had no words. >> i first heard this, i thought this can't be michael jackson. >> i know that voice, over 23 years, i knew it was him, i didn't know why it existed. >> either of you ever heard him speak like that? >> never. never.
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>> i told lavelle this i think the doctor might have made that to show michael maybe the next day, michael, did you fall asleep, michael might have said i didn't fall asleep. but no i mean -- >> who know what is he could have done with it later. that is the only --. sort of weird. >> it is weird, but it's -- it happens. things happen that way. >> michael's whole life was a bit crazy, the people around him and the circus element and, you know, i just felt the whole thing just unravelled in a he very, very strange way and we will probably never know what really happened. >> you think so either. >> i hope we know is what michael taught me, all the dance and all that stuff will live on because his -- his goal was to take dance and continue to take dance to higher and higher levels. >> lots of theories about what michael was planning to do what was he planning to do? >> we were gonna do short films. you know, michael loved the short film, we were working on a cowboy film.
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legs -- >> wanted to do like a modern musical on legs diamond. michael already had some gangsterish, "smooth criminal." >> wanted to release singles every few months. on the end of that have an amazing album, very unusual way of doing it. >> right. that way you don't get compared to "thriller" every time you put on an album. he was going to do it while we were on tour, maybe a single every eight weeks, once you had ten out, add two new songs, off record. he also wanted to do a children's album. he loved to write these beautiful, innocent songs for children and a classical album, add lot of melledies he didn't want to write words to >> how good was michael jackson, as an entertainer? >> the best. >> let's talk voice first of all, how good a singer was he? >> amazing. he could go from a ballad, a soft song, to -- he had one of the best rock voices. i would compare it to, you know, somebody like in -- not like led zeppelin but i mean he could sing rock 'n' roll like you
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wouldn't believe. i always wanted to get him on some really hard rock stuff. >> and dance-wise, mesmerize? >> top of the line. >> ever seen a better dancer? >> a better natural dancer? not in my life so far ever. office trained ballet dancer and we would share, his stuff was always so strange to me, once he started sharing, i shared ballet moves or technical things, he would share his stuff. that's where our bond came from, just a sharing of dance and a love of dance. >> how do you think, finally, michael would like to be remembered? >> i think he would like to be remembered as someone that was always, you know, making sure that what he delivered to his fans and to his audience was original, it was innovative and he didn't mind if people copy it had but did it first. >> you were going to say? >> i was going to agree with that and say anything he want it had to do, he wanted it to be the best, wanted himself tonight
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the best, every dancer behind him, every musician, down to the lighting, down to whoever was running what piece of equipment, they had tonight best. >> cameras. everything had choreograph fit the cameras have choreograph. if i the light also choreograph. if i that is the stuff he taught me. >> remarkable. i mean to me, he achieved that he was the best entertainer i ever saw. thank you both very much. a pleasure meeting you. it has been my pleasure. >> my pleasure.
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